The day is part of Carers Week Quest, which aims to reach out to the thousands of carers who are missing out on advice and information, support and services.
Thea Stein, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, which is leading the day on behalf of five other charities said:
“Carers Trust estimates that there are 700,000 young carers who are looking after a mum, dad, brother or sister and we want every school and college to do something to help raise awareness of this. Many young carers have to juggle their education with being a carer and often end up being late for school, don’t have time for homework or miss out on opportunities to socialise with friends.
“The Young Carers Awareness Day will help teachers and nurses to identify, understand and support young carers better. It will also help pupils to understand some of the issues faced by their peers.”
During Carers Week all schools and colleges will be asked to organise some kind of activity to raise awareness and understanding of the issues faced by young carers. They will be provided with a range of tools to support them in lessons and assemblies, such as facts and figures about young carers, information about how to identify them and where they can get support, literature containing an agony aunt sheet outlining some of the dilemmas young carers face and asking young people how they would respond, a quiz and a list of books about young carers.
Alex Atkins (18), a young adult carer, from Swansea cares for both her mum and dad.
She said: “It’s a great idea to have a day that will focus specifically on young carers as it will help staff in schools and colleges to know more about the issues we face daily. It gives young people a day to think and question if they are a young carer or not and find out what support there is available for them.”
The Young Carers Awareness Day is hosted by Carers Trust, Macmillan, Marie Curie, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Parkinson’s UK and the Stroke Association.